Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Paper Plate Dragon Puppet

These paper plate dragon puppets are simple to make and lots of fun to play with. Toddlers and preschoolers will love celebrating Chinese New Year with their very own puppet. We used a simple painting technique and had fun bending and twisting our dragon to make him dance. 

Paper plate dragon puppet.  A simple Chinese new year craft for kids, toddlers, preschoolers, eyfs.
Take a look at our recycled egg box dragon puppet 


To make a dragon puppet you will need:


  • A paper plate
  • A zip lock freezer bag
  • Poster paint (gold and red)
  • A strip of red card (we used an A4 piece of card cut in half and taped together)
  • 2 lollipop sticks
  • 2 googly eyes



How to make a paper plate dragon puppet:


For this craft you will need a red paper plate.  You could buy red paper plates but we had fun painting ours in a freezer bag.  

Squirt red and gold paint onto a paper plate and place it inside a freezer bag. Use your fingers to spread the paint across the paper plate.  Take the plate out of the bag and leave it to dry. 

Painting a dragon puppet for chinese new year How to make a dragon puppet for chinese new year

Once dry fold your paper plate in half. Draw a line splitting the paper plate in two. The larger part will become the head, the smaller part the tail.  (I also drew a couple of small triangles on the side of the head.) Cut along the line you have drawn. Add googly eyes and a mouth to your dragons head. 

paper plate dragon puppet craft for kids

Fold your strip of red card backwards and forwards to create a zig zag. 

 dragon puppet craft for kids.  Chinese new year activity.


Glue the head to one end of your red strip and the tail to the other.  Glue the lollipop sticks to the bottom of the strip.  

Simple paper plate dragon puppet craft for kids.  A chinese new year activity.

Have fun playing with your puppet and making him dance around.  

Paper plate dragon puppet.  A simple Chinese new year craft for kids, toddlers, preschoolers, eyfs.

Harry: Age 3 

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